Rick Adams retired from Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP as of June 30th, 2020 after having practiced law for 47 years. Rick joined the firm in 1976 and became a partner in 1979.
While he practiced initially in the area of corporate and commercial transactions, he began to focus on real estate transactions of all types. He has represented institutional clients in sales, acquisition and financing transactions, and private sector sellers, buyers, and developers. Throughout his career, he acted on many noteworthy transactions, including working as part of the team that assembled the land now comprising the historic site in Winnipeg known as "The Forks", assisting in the land assembly for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, participating on behalf of the lender in the first P3 project in Manitoba, and leading the team in the largest office building purchase transaction in Winnipeg’s history. Over the last 20 years, Rick has been regarded as one of Manitoba's preeminent counsel in matters relating to real estate development. He has acted for the development arm of The University of Winnipeg in its multi-building developments in downtown Winnipeg, and he has worked with The Forks Renewal Corporation in its many development projects through the years.
Rick Adams has, on three occasions, been named the Best Lawyers™ Real Estate Lawyer of the Year (Winnipeg), receiving the award in 2009, 2013, and 2017. He has been consistently recognized by his peers as a Best Lawyers™ lawyer in the area of Real Estate Law in the 2006-2020 editions. In addition, his work in Property Development Law has been recognized by Canadian Lexpert.
Rick's proudest personal achievement is being a founding member and the first President of the Pediatric Oncology Family Centre of Manitoba, the owner of the facility in Winnipeg known as "Ronald McDonald House", a residence for families from outside Winnipeg whose children are being treated for serious, and often life-threatening illnesses. He has been involved in assisting the Board in its planning for a new House facility near the Children’s Hospital.
Rick's legacy of excellence, his commitment to the mentorship of young lawyers, and in giving back to the community has left a lasting mark on all of those fortunate enough to be associated with him. We wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.
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